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Vignesh Krishnan

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  • Best of Enemies

  • The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War
  • By: Gus Russo, Eric Dezenhall
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, D.C., intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA's counterintelligence office and Gennady out of the Soviet Embassy. Both men were assigned to seduce the other into betraying his country in the final days of the Cold War, but instead the men ended up becoming the best of friends. Theirs is a friendship that never should have happened, and their story is chock full of treachery, darkly comic misunderstandings, bureaucratic inanity, and landmark intelligence breakthroughs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really moving and powerful story

  • By Vignesh Krishnan on 11-19-18

Really moving and powerful story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Liked - great story and a good performance.
Disliked - bit more foul (unnecessary) language than I’d like

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 461

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Oleg Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely riveting story

  • By Rosemary on 09-25-18

Intriguing spy book ! Almost could not peel myself away

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

It’s a thriller! And almost unbelievable that it was a true story. It’s a likely little bit biased pro M16 and western intelligence but nevertheless, a really great listen.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,855

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story all should know, not all can endure

  • By Daniel on 12-19-11

Repetitive, and leveraging hindsight, and not insightful

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

The book does not add much informational benefit and is very repetitive. Could have been 3 hours instead of 18. The narrator’s performance is quite good though.

  • Measure What Matters

  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational, inspirational, entertaining, ~dry..

  • By James S. on 05-08-18

Good book to use as reference for building out company strategy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

1. Lots of great examples and real life learnings
2. Most of the concepts make intuitive sense
3. However, it was a bit repetitive and could have been shorter

  • The Faithful Executioner

  • Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century
  • By: Joel F. Harrington
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg, who, during 45 years as a professional executioner, personally put to death 394 individuals and tortured, flogged, or disfigured many hundreds more. But the picture that emerges of Schmidt from his personal papers is not that of a monster. Could a man who routinely practiced such cruelty also be insightful?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but repetitive

  • By Charles C. Sligh on 02-14-18

Good book , easy to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

The book gives insights into life from a long time ago, even though it is centered around one individual. The narration and tone is very good as well.

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • By: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,566

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Content and narration reduced me to tears

  • By laurie on 01-11-16

Poorly abridged version, translation and narration

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

This specific book about the Gita is highly repetitive and could have been abridged / translated in a much better way. The narration is not great either, which makes for an overall poor experience.

  • Difficult Conversations

  • How to Discuss What Matters Most
  • By: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Narrated by: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Holiday gatherings can be stressful times for families, and occasionally the conversation around the holiday table can get heated. Difficult Conversations shows you a way out of this dilemma; it teaches you how to handle even the toughest conversations more effectively and with less anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Start - Powerful book

  • By Arthur Held on 04-25-03

Good book and content, but bad editing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

The content of the book is very good, but the book is seriously constrained by the flow, typos and editing in general. It is not easy to listen to, albeit, it does carry good important content.

The content is sometimes recursive, makes references to earlier parts and chapters without any reminders, and it is hard to follow along.

  • Case Studies

  • The Things You Can Do to Become Successful
  • By: Michelle Levy
  • Narrated by: Cisco Reyes
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The study of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur is fascinating because to be successful requires so many qualities that at times even seem to be at odds with each other. The surprising thing is that underneath all the surface complications and contradictions, there seems to be a great deal of agreement among entrepreneurs about the specific things they do to become successful vary widely. Get all the info you need here.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short and tactical

  • By Vignesh Krishnan on 03-29-18

Short and tactical

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Does not go into details or share too many examples. Could have done with more stories and actual case studies.

  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy

  • The Difference and Why It Matters
  • By: Richard P. Rumelt
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strategy Defined, Finally

  • By Matthew on 05-15-12

Simple, practical and easy to follow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-18

This is a great book on the basics and complexity of strategy highly recommended! And enjoyable read as well with great examples.

  • Disinformation

  • Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism
  • By: Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

The highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is at it again. A quarter century ago, in his international bestseller Red Horizons, Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and inspiring him to send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. They failed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Open your eyes!

  • By Cookie on 04-16-14

Decent book but repetitive and without substance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Seems the editing could have been a bit better. The book rambles on and does not seem to have a real point to it. The performance of the reader/ voice was quite good though.